The US continues to be browbeaten by European leaders upset over the latest leaks about NSA snooping.
The French paper Le Monde reported Monday that the National Security Agency had made more than 70 million recordings of the phone calls of French citizens in a one-month period. Based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, Le Monde said it believed the NSA recorded people who simply worked in business or politics and not just those associated with terrorism.
Another story out Wednesday from German publication Der Spiegel said that the US had targeted the private cell phone records of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Soylent closes $1.5 Million in seed funding from Lerer, Andreessen Horowitz.
- A Web store that lets you buy leather from human skin, 'cause this here is real.
- An app that tracks the bathroom line at Madison Square Garden.
In these days of zero secrecy, you'll always get found out -- even if you're a National Security official.
Yet for quite some time, many on the island of the insane known as Washington, D.C. couldn't work out who was writing the @natsecwonk Twitter feed.
This was full of more barb than your average prison fence. It was apolitically cutting.
Sample One: "Was Huma Abedin wearing beer goggles the night she met Anthony Wiener?"… Read more
The president of the United States was in the hot seat Monday following reports that the National Security Agency recorded phone calls and text messages of French citizens.
Based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, French newspaper Le Monde said that the NSA made more than 70 million recordings of phone activities by French citizens from December 2012 to January 2013, many of which allegedly targeted people without any obvious association with terrorism.
The White House has called in the tech troops to try to get its health insurance Web site up to snuff.
Since HealthCare.gov launched a few weeks ago, the site has experienced various technical issues, preventing many people from registering for health insurance. In a speech Monday, President Barack Obama said that the government has pulled in IT people from around the country to fix the site's problems.
"The Web site that's supposed to make it easy to apply for and purchase the insurance is not working the way it should for everybody," Obama acknowledged. &… Read more
Ever since you've moved into your new place, things haven't gone quite right, have they?
You didn't get the promotion to senior office librarian. You suspect your lover is seeing someone else. And then there's those weird feelings when you go into the second bedroom.
It's not that you get a shiver down your spine. It's that something doesn't seem quite right, as if your possessions have been moved a few inches away from where you left them.
Let's be honest about a possible cause here: someone might have once died in … Read more
But those days may not be so bygone on Netflix.
At the GigaOm Mobilize conference here, Todd Yellin, vice president of product innovation at Netflix, said that the company will bring those DVD-style extras to its original programming.
"The core of the experience is watching the story that the directors and writers contended, and that's like 99 percent of what it is," he said. "But supplemental content, whether … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- This app could get you kidnapped.
- Real people are spending real money on one-word Twitter accounts.
- LAUSD halts home use of iPads for students after devices hacked.
With an eye toward pairing its smart thermostat with other appliances, Nest Labs is launching a partner developer program to encourage creation of apps and services that work with its device.
The company announced Wednesday it will launch an application programming interface (API) next year that will allow third-party companies and app developers to blend their creations with its Nest thermostat. As its name suggests, the device learns and remembers preferred temperatures to automatically keep one's abode cool or warm.
"Since we launched in 2011, there's been steady demand from the developer community for Nest to create … Read more